Top Inland Watersport Spots

Dams and Rivers

©Roger de la Harpe
©Roger de la Harpe
©Roger de la Harpe

Locals and international tourists alike will be delighted to know that there are various inland spots throughout South Africa that’s perfect for watersports. Whether it’s a challenging waterski on a dam or a leisurely canoe down a lake, your water activity needs will be met wherever you are vacationing. 

White water rafting is reserved for the adventurous, and can be loads of fun. In addition, it also showcases some of the prettiest parts of the country, which are laden with dense foliage, fed by the waters of the river.

The best spots are along the Orange River in the Northern Cape, the Blyde River or Sabi River in Mpumalanga and Umkomaas in KwaZulu-Natal. There are a few adventure companies that will plan your rafting trip according to your needs.

If you are interested in a canoe or kayaking trip, look no further than the pristine lakes of KwaZulu-Natal. Lake Sibaya at St. Lucia, Pongola and Jozini are top spots for scenic paddling. Down the east coast, the calm waters of Knysna lagoon are perfect for a paddle, as well as the Langebaan lagoon up the West Coast. 

The Gariep dam in the Free State is an awesome spot for water skiing, swimming and boating. Hartbeespoort dam and Buffelspoort make for fun canoeing trips, as well as the beautiful rivers in Citrusdal, the Cederberg and the Breede River Valley. Midmar dam in Howick is beautiful and made for the adventurous who enjoy boating, water skiing and even swimming.

By Carla Lottering